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Just to say Hello

Just to say Hello
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-03-02 3:07
Viewed: 3458
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a nice surprise Communication from Ram Thakur, thought I would let TN know that I'm still in the land of the living and to say hello to all that I 'knew' a couple of years ago.

This is a species of Ground Beetle, Odacantha melanura, known in Swedish as Vasslöpare, meaning,'reed runner'. It lives by the water amongst reeds and is a predator on small invertebrates. It is about 7 mm long.
This was taken with the camera hand-held.

oldferret, NikosR, ramthakur, marius-secan, KOMSIS, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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TO IVANmarius-secan 1 03-05 11:35
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Nice to hear that you are still around. I notice you are using a macro lens, so no idea of scale otherwise nice detail of the wing cover plates, nice colour and dof.
Thanks for sharing.

Regards Bill.

Hej Ivan,
det var ett tag sedan , kul att se att du lever ;-)
Jag tittade in helt sporadisk och det första jag fick se var en bild från dig. :-)
Själv är jag här bara några gånger då och då.
Fin bild av lövsångaren.
Återvänder till Sverige i slutet av mars, hoppas att våren är på gång då.
Hälsa Ulla.


Good morn from the US Ivan. I too have been peeking in now and then, but nary a word from Ram to me.

A most worthy entry and refreshing to see proper notes. How it should show the way to the youngsters. And mixed with pure on topic picture is a double winner for those who like learning the proper way to photograph and present.
Cheers around.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-03-02 11:17]

Hi Ivan

Very nice and interesting post, excellent sharpness and details. nice DOF, nice composition, beautiful natural colors.



nice to see a picture from you with beautiful colours and good detail
thanks gr lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-03-02 14:59]

Hi Ivan,it's nice to know that you're still in life..ahahah....i'm very happy to see you again with this beautiful memory pic,a great macro and a very interesting post as usual.Say goodbye to Ulla too! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-03-02 17:56]

Hello Ivan,
What a nice surprise to once again view one of your many wonderful images and as you already eluded to, know you are still on this side of the grass:-)
Your little predator is quite colorful with it's iridescent bluish green upper body and orange abdomen tipped with a bit of black. Exceptional detail displayed and exposure is right on the money. Your f/11 aperture resulted in some very good DOF. Great shot Ivan!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2015-03-03 2:15]

Shalom Ivan,

Very good to see you on this site again. Hope you are not just "in the land of the living", but also well.

Interesting and beautiful species you shared with us this time. I look forward to more.

All the best,


That is the kind of work that had once made TN a place worth being on, Ivan.
I am thrilled to see this superb macro image of an interesting species.
Please keep posting occasionally, if not regularly.
Warm regards.

Hello Ivan,
As usual a perfect shot with excellent details and WB. Another interesting image with excellent clarity and sharp details. The photographers note are useful. Lovely composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-03-06 9:27]

Hej Ivan,
Nice closed up ..
Lovely capture with a very good focus, sharpness, colors, details and composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
very pleased to see that kind message of yours with such a gently taken fragile little beetle. That ground beetle seems to be so transparent that its hidden folded wings may be seen under their cover. Having turned into a rare visitor myself to this site - and still much obliged and attached to it - I have to apologize for this late discovery.
With all my best wishes to you and to Ulla,

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